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Poster: orchiddoctor Date: Dec 21, 2006 6:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Mort's Choice vol 2

12-06-73 Cleveland Public Hall (often mislabeled as Convention Hall).
Bertha ; Mexicali Blues ; Loser ; Black Throated Wind ; They Love Each Other ; Beat It On Down The Line ; Deal ; El Paso ; Row Jimmy ; Greatest Story Ever Told ; China Cat Sunflower [9:15] > I Know You Rider ; Around And Around
Two Ramble On Rose ; Me And My Uncle ; Here Comes Sunshine ; Big River ; Dark Star [43:27] > Eyes Of The World [13:57] > Stella Blue [9:21] ; Sugar Magnolia [9:33]
Comments Show [3:05:00] Information based on vault tape. {Dark Star 0:00 > First Verse 24:45 to 26:00 > end 43:05}.




This show was sponsored by the famous WMMS, the radio station voted number one in the country in the annual Rolling Stone poll for 7 years in a row (until some other city decided to start voting). Public Hall was the venue for rock in Cleveland at the time. It was a relatively low keyed place, standard floor and u shaped balcony. Not too large, but not the best acoustics. Still, by 1973 (really by 1972), the Dead had become popular enough to require 10,000 seat venues. Besides, it beats Giant's Stadium!

Wake of the Flood had been out since the beginning of the year, and the band had plenty of time to work the material into splendid live versions.

I went with a few fellow heads with whom I met each year since 1970 to catch all the area shows (Cincinatti, Columbus, Cleveland, Detroit) and a few newbees--soon to be converts.

The show opened with a perfunctary warm up of Bertha--a quick rocker to get the levels set and warm up the fingers. Everything was being played well. In fact, the whole first set was a good example of their abilities at the time. Great execution, high energy. They Love Each Other was new to us and sounded like a sweet little song. Row Jimmy was passionate and Greatest Story rocked the house. China--Rider was nice, but not as good as it can be. Surprisingly, there was no Playing in the Band closer; instead they left us with a cursory but tight rocker.

The second set--as they so often are--was the gem. Ramble on Rose set the tone with its whimsical nonsense, Me and My Uncle (their most played tune) was still welcomed; but the Here Comes Sunshine nailed us to the floor. At 16 minutes in length (I believe the longest), it explored territories that would become familiar to the post Wake band: sweet and floating, pushing into territories way outside the nucleus of the song, and landing gracefully back into the finale. Whew. That more than made up for the wished for Playing.


Then came the Dark Star. More has been written about this open ended jam than about almost any other song in rock based history. AS I've said, it isn't a song so much as it is an experience; and quite an experience it was that night. According to Deadlists, it was the third longest. Not that this means anything by itself. 43 minutes of garbage would be worthless. But here, they waste little of what they use. The song is split somewhat in two--not by the single verse--but by the sweet feedback that enters latish in the jam. It isn't mean, or intense, or threatening, or harsh: rather, it is sweet and calming--something rare in these exercises. What follows is an excellent example of Keith as
leader. He and Phil push the jam along until they finally try to move it into Wharf Rat. But Jerry will have none of this and insists on a lovely Eyes which follows the sweet pattern set up by Sunshine and the Star. Not surprisingly, the Eyes finally lands in a perfect reading of Stella Blue.
The crowd is smiling. The three first timers I brought with me were hooked (my work here is done) How could they top this? Sugar Magnolia, of course. And with that, the crowd left, beaming with glee, waiting for the return.

If you don't have time for the whole concert, put set II onto a cd and go for a drive. A looooooooong drive.

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Poster: mcglone Date: Dec 21, 2006 8:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mort's Choice vol 2

love how they just tease around the playin' theme for about two minutes starting at the 17 minute mark. 'it' just hangs there dripping dead nectar.

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Poster: high flow Date: Dec 21, 2006 8:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mort's Choice vol 2

OK! I LIKE this pick. 1973 has been my latest groove. Thanks to Cosmicharlie, who turned me on to 11/11/73 and JOTS for 11/14/73 and I've grabbed a few others.

I had a pristine 5-26-73 for years and thought that was the '73 standard, but I have had my 'Eyes' opened. 1973 offers more variety than one might think at first glance. Dig deeper.

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Poster: mcglone Date: Dec 21, 2006 9:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mort's Choice vol 2

fall of '73 just might be my favorite chapter in the book of the dead.

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Poster: high flow Date: Dec 21, 2006 9:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mort's Choice vol 2

It's really getting under MY skin. Wish I could find the words to describe why this is happening. All the descriptions and analogies which pop into my caffiene-charged brain simply fall short.....oh well you guys KNOW what I'm talking about. That's the beauty of this place!

This post was modified by high flow on 2006-12-21 17:28:57

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Poster: Old_NJ_Head_Zimmer Date: Dec 21, 2006 5:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mort's Choice vol 2

Mort (Doc)

Enough can't be said about this Dark Star and the rest of the show. This is a peak performance in the peak of the bands career.

You could just about list every show from Oct through Dec 73 and they are all great. I just love this one to death.

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Poster: elkdog Date: Dec 21, 2006 7:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mort's Choice vol 2

Very cool! Thanks for the review. This is one that I've had for a long time, and am certainly due to revisit. I turn in the mother of all term papers today, and then it's Cleveland '73 in my CD played.

Great recollection of the show. Thanks again.

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Poster: Barrus Date: Dec 21, 2006 7:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mort's Choice vol 2

too bad it isn't here on the forum, need to look at gdlive, maybe they have it.

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Poster: elkdog Date: Dec 21, 2006 7:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mort's Choice vol 2

They do indeed have it at GDLive.

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Poster: orchiddoctor Date: Dec 21, 2006 8:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mort's Choice vol 2

My beans: Protocol dictates I do thus:

http://www.gdlive.com/shn/gd73-12-06.shnf/


Enjoy!

Those with term papers and finals . . . . . nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah. I used to have to grade them.

I had several students over the years who were heads and who would come in from time to time and hand me a cassette. I always appreciated it. I'd play them while I graded those endless piles of zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz papers. Broke even that way.

So do your profs a favor and slip a dead cd in with those papers.

Do their heads some good.

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Poster: Barrus Date: Dec 21, 2006 8:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mort's Choice vol 2

Oh well, one final behind me and one more to go.

Thank god it was Filosofy of the law, which was the one I already did, didn't pass it I guess, not my thing, not really.

Tomorrow Crontact law, now that is more something for me.

Too bad I can't turn on a Dead concert during the final, I can always think way clearer when i've got a good Dead concert in my head.

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Poster: elkdog Date: Dec 21, 2006 8:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mort's Choice vol 2

Oddly enough, one of my profs is a head, who went to several shows in the 89-91 range, which I have supplied him with copies of. He has a pretty solid collection of their whole career, but needed CD upgrades of some shows. So I suppose that I have already heeded your advice.

Term papers are a chore, but it will be my professor's problem for Christmas. I'll be writing a thesis in January, though. Many Dark Stars will be played to help lubricate the writing process.

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Poster: orchiddoctor Date: Dec 21, 2006 8:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mort's Choice vol 2

Ah, youth. I remember sophmore year (1970-71). I was a stone goner--rarely went to class unless I'd been up all night and hadn't come down yet. I had two Lit profs--a married couple in their late twenties, Karl and Jane Kopp--who were clearly not mainstream. We had a class at their house after she gave birth. Seeds in the carpet, nudge, nudge!

So, I paper clipped a j into each of my term papers. Never saw them again as they weren't given tenure (gee, surprise!).

Hoped they liked it.

Never got a j's from students, but I did have some interesting offers from the ladies . . . . .

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Poster: William Tell Date: Dec 21, 2006 9:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mort's Choice vol 2

Had the DS but now the complete show is safely secured from GDLive and ready for my Holiday attention.

Thanks, Doc.